Kemsa bosses in trouble

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Top bosses at Kemsa might be prosecuted after a comprehensive audit report revealed the purchase of Covid-19 items was designed to siphon funds.

The report by Auditor General Nancy Gathungu was made public only hours before DPP Noordin Haji makes an announcement on Thursday about whether the officials will be charged. Gathungu revealed systematic flaws at Kemsa involving irregular Sh8.3 billion procurement.

Gathungu says suspended Kemsa CEO Jonah Manjari and other top officials engaged in excessive procurement and awarded multimillion-shilling tenders to questionable companies in disregard of the law.

Gathungu presented the report  the first to be produced since her appointment to the joint Senate committees on Health and the Covid-19 situation. The committee is investigating alleged procurement issues at the drugs authority.

The DPP is on Thursday expected to spell out a raft of actions to be taken against those found culpable following a probe by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

In a report to a Senate committee last week, EACC Chief Executive Office Twalib Mbarak said the investigations established criminal culpability by public officials in the purchase of the items.

However, the names of the culpable officers have remained secret.

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